#ASEDEYHOT – INFANTINO PROMISES ‘BULLETPROOF’ WORLD CUP WITH EXPANSION VERDICT IN JANUARY

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FIFA will decide in January whether to expand the World Cup finals from 32 to either 40 or 48 teams as part of Gianni Infantino’s detailed blueprint for change after eight months in charge of the scandal-wracked organisation.

Stakeholders who take the view that “if it aint broke don’t fix it” will no longer have a say in the matter after Infantino all but admitted that FIFA’s showpiece event needs a definite tweak, probably starting in 2026.

At a briefing at the end of the opening day of the first meeting of FIFA’s new-look Council, Infantino announced major changes to the way the World Cup will be run as part of a wide-ranging strategic plan for the future of the game.

After Russia, FIFA will scrap the idea of a Local Organising Committee to a more centralised management operating system, a controversial move that mirrors that European Championship but seems likely to cause considerable resentment among Qatari officials who have been working for six years on preparing for the 2022 World Cup.

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